January 30, 2014
School dances can be fun and frightening especially in high school. Eddie had her dance card among her possession in her Collection of Junk. This is very interesting because someone designed the card in the form of a butterfly.
CHS Junior Prom 1924
Here is the program from the backside:
CHS Junior Prom 1924
Eddie did get some dances in. Do we even do this in these days, have dance cards?
Eddie’s Dance Card
The Senior class list is inside the Junior Prom program?
CHS Senior Class 1924
Here are Eddie’s comments about the dance. Just click the photo below to read it in her own words, then hit your back button to return. If you understand what she means, let me know. Apparently socializing was tough in high school even in the 1920’s.
January 23, 2014
Below you will find pictures of some of the class comments Eddie made about her Sophomore and Junior years at Cheney High School. I think I will let you explore. I warn you, you will be laughing or grimacing in memory of your high school struggles, remember this is the early 1920’s. Just click on the picture and it will get bigger, then remember to hit your back button or click the tab closed to return.
Bookmark from Ancient History Class 1922
Book market front side
This book mark is soft and rug like but lightweight:
The pride of her Sophomore year, she got a 96 in Electricity.
Eddie’s Pride of her Sophomore Year
Apparently Latin was not Eddie’s thing:
January 16, 2014
Eddie had a huge wooden loom her in apartment for many years. I mean huge, it was a floor model. I think it was for rugs, but I cannot remember now. Yes she was a weaver, knitter, embroidery, sewing, cooking and oh yes photographer. Here I think you see on the left of her one of her pillows. Apparently she is working on some project. This photo was taken in about 1940 but I think it tells you that her love of sewing, needlework and more followed her all her life.
In her Collection of Junk she had these designs:
Examples of Eddie’s Designs for Domestic Science
Years later we find two samples of doll clothes she made for her nieces. There were a lot more in the possession of my cousin of these doll clothes:
Doll clothes by Eddie
January 9, 2014
My Aunt Eddie was truly a craftswoman and artist. All of us of an older age and female took classes in “domestic science,” or maybe you knew it as “Home Economics.” I remember my sewing class in high school and I seem to recall cooking cookies.
Definition of Domestic Science: “The study of cooking, needlework and other subjects concerned with household skills.” from the English Dictionary.
Here is a curriculum for public schools in 1920 in Domestic Science:
- Household sewing
- Preparatory lessons in Home Management and Personal Hygiene
- Practical Cookery, theoretical cookery
- Laundry work
Eddie at her sewing machine
I wish you could see these and feel them, they have survived 91+ years. I have practiced these techniques in my time as well in the 1960’s.
Eddie’s examples from her Domestic Science Class 1921-23
More of her samples for Domestic Science class 1921-23
More of her samples for Domestic Science class 1921-23
Eddie’s work – more samples
Snaps anyone – More of Eddie’s work
December 26, 2013
Eddie was involved in what was either a class project, a play or a newsletter? It was titled THE TORNADO.
There are eleven pages and it appears that it may be several versions of the manuscript or issues? I have tried to piece it together using the page numbers, but it might be better grouped with the color of the paper. The date was February 23, 1921.
Chairman: Elizabeth Andrews
Editorial: Volene Wyatt
Assoc. Editor: Merville Ryan
Literary: Edna McDonald and Clare Bemis
Dramatic: Edith Sowles
General: Walter Murphy
Advertising: Lester Barr
Sports: Ruby Bargloff and Everett Conley
Locals: Ione Addington
Jokes: Mina Barnes and Clarance Dykes.
You can just click on the photos below and they will open in a larger window. Don’t forget to click your back button or close a tab to get back to this blog.
December 19, 2013
The Tea Room was quite the affair, at the Carnival for the Cheney High School on March 10, 1922.
Tea Room Napkin 1922
Eddie kept this very fragile napkin, which is torn and wrinkled, from this Carnival.
A description of the event in this first page. Click and it will open, hit your back button or close a tab to return.
The Tea Room 1922
The second page describes the Tea Women – the wait staff:
First shift the hostess was May Hatfield, Merle Mason, Leona Lane and Doris Lane. The Second Shift the hostess was Vivian Harmon along Lily Pryor, Margy Sheldon, Edna L. McDonald.
Devil’s Food Cake or Doughnuts
Coffee, Tea or Cocoa
December 12, 2013
There are many gems in my Aunt Eddie’s “Collection of Junk.” From this point on for many posts to come I will be featuring some of these gems.
One of them is the list of the students for the Cheney High School Freshman Class of 1921-22 and it looks like she wrote it. The paper is tissue paper and it is very fragile.
These are the types of items that genealogists just go nuts over. I was at the Tillicum Historical Society years ago in Cheney and they didn’t have much on the high school before 1925. I believe they are now the Cheney Historical Society?
In the list below, Eddie is number 25 and Jean is 21. Down at number 43, she lists the officers of the class: President Edna L. McDonald, Vice – Fred West, Sec – Roy Hughes, Tres – Alferd Eixson, Sergant at Arms – Pearl Ragan. Class meetings 2nd Tues of every month. Class dues 35 cents a semester. If only there was a photo. HA!
1921 to 1922 Cheney High Freshman Class list
Cheney High School Freshman list 1921 to 22
December 5, 2013
The gossip column in the local newspaper is so much fun to read. Here we find a little excerpt about Jean’s birthday celebration in 1924. Her actual birthday was June 30th.
July 4, 1924 Jean’s birthday party
It reads: “In honor of Jean McDonald’s birthday a picnic was held at Fish Lake Saturday. Those present were the Misses Nellie McDonald, Jean McDonald, Edna McDonald, Harriette Murphy, Doris Ryker and Velma Ryker.” Cheney Free Press 7/4/1924.
The next photo was taken in 1927 and although it is not from the actual date above, I thought it was fun. On the left you find Vivian, then Miriam, Aunt Nellie and then Jean.
Vivian, Miriam, Aunt Nellie, & Jean 1927
November 28, 2013
Jean in 1925 but the gesture is almost the same…
On a visit to my aunts Jean and Miriam in the 1980’s, Jean acted in a very curious manner. She was standing at her backdoor to her house in Selah, WA and she put her hand to her brow, palm out, and said in a very melodramatic manner. “I must go inside now and get beautiful.” She turned and swept into the house. I doubt beauty was really on her mind but something had inspired her. We were about to go on a drive somewhere so she was probably teasing me a little. The picture above is Jean in 1925 a little after the play below but I think you can see the actress in her. HA!
When I found this article in Eddie’s Collection of Junk and in the Cheney newspaper (Feb. 24, 1924) mentioning Jean acting in a play, I was delighted. The scenario above clicked and “I got it.” I do regret not questioning her about her actions for it could have produced some wonderful stories. I had been in an old-time melodramatic play in college, so we would have had a wonderful chat about our experiences. Sigh!
The Fascinating Fanny Brown 1924
Eddie had this comment in her Collection of Junk and the names she mentions are in the program below.
Eddie commenting about a play in Junior year.
Here is the program for the Fascinating Fanny Brown:
Program for a Play 1924 – click to read about the plot!!